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BioCreative III

Workshop [2010-08-06]

Check on the final Workshop agenda!

Table of Contents

  1. Venue
  2. Agenda
  3. Keynote Speakers
  4. Registration
  5. Proceedings
  6. Lodging and Directions
  7. Local Attractions & Area Businesses
  8. Sponsors
  9. Venue [top]

    We hope the information here will be helpful in registering and planning your trip.

    The BioCreative III workshop will be held on September 13-15, 2010 at the Double Tree Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

    The location is convenient to the Washington DC Metrorail System, with complimentary shuttle to Medical Center Metro (Red Line) and Bethesda Metro (Red Line)

    Agenda [top]

    Workshop agenda

    Keynote Speakers [top]

    • David Lipman, Director of NCBI, NIH, USA
        Keynote Title:"Communicating Scientific Knowledge: Is progress lagging?"

          Brief Biography: Dr. David Lipman is the Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was appointed as NCBI’s first Director in 1989, shortly after Congress created the Center in 1988, and has overseen its growth into one of the most heavily used resources in the world for the search and retrieval of biomedical information, with about two million users each day.
          Dr. Lipman obtained a B.A. in Biology from Brown University in 1976 and an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1980. After medical training, Dr. Lipman joined the Mathematical Research Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at NIH as a Research Fellow, studying molecular evolution and developing computational tools for sequence comparison. Dr. Lipman is one of the developers of the original BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) algorithm for rapidly identifying biological sequences that are similar to a queried sequence.
          Dr. Lipman is the recipient of numerous awards and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    • Jun’ichi Tsujii, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Tokyo, Japan.
      School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK
        Keynote Title:"Text Bound Annotation and Evaluation
        -- The Perspectives of BioNLP Shared Tasks and GENIA"

          Brief Biography: Dr. Jun’ichi Tsujii received the BEng, MEng, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1971, 1973, and 1978, respectively. He was an assistant professor and associate professor at Kyoto University, before taking up the position of professor of computational linguistics at the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1988.
          Since 1995, he has been a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Tokyo. He is also a professor of text mining at the University of Manchester (half time) and the research director of the UK National Centre for Text mining (NaCTeM) . He was the president of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) in 2006 and is a permanent member of the International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL) since 1992. He is the principal investigator in the GENIA project in Japan and the chair of the scientific committee of BioNLP Shared Task 2011.

      Registration [top]

      Register to the Biocreative workshop via MeetingsPlus! secure server by clicking here. Breakfast and lunch during the 3 workshop days are included in the registration fee. Articles for proceedings submissions will be handled separate (see below).

      Proceedings [top]

      For the proceedings that will be distributed at the meeting, You may write up to six pages total. We suggest at least two pages per task that you were involved in. Please use the BMC Bioinformatics template, available from their website. Please send your paper as a PDF on US letter-sized paper to by Monday, Sept. 6.

      Lodging and Directions [top]

      We have reserved a block of rooms at a BioCreative Workshop discount rate of $199. This rate will also apply for a few days before and after the event to allow you an opportunity to visit area attractions. Please note that Monday, Sept 6 2010 at 5:00pm EST is the deadline for making your reservation at this conference rate. Space is limited so make your reservations soon.

      Reservations can be made the following ways:
      1- Guests can call 1-800-955-7359 and request the group rate for The Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Block or the Group SRP/Code: UD9.
      2-Guests can go online to, click on the Reservations Tab, enter dates and on the Special Accounts Section enter UD9 for the Group/Convention Code.

      Doubletree Hotel
      8120 Wisconsin Avenue
      Bethesda, MD 20814

      Map & Directions to the hotel from local airports:

      The Doubletree Hotel in Bethesda is conveniently located near 3 airports. It is just 15 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), 27 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and 38 miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). All three airports should have private shuttle services available. Fees for these services vary based on distance to the hotel.

      Transportation options from DCA
      Transportation options from IAD
      Transportation options from BWI

      Local Attractions & Area Businesses [top]

      A visit to this area would not be complete without visiting area attractions. You may want to consider extending your stay to take advantage of these local or historic opportunities. Bethesda offers many sightseeing, shopping and great dining options. Plus, just a few blocks from the hotel is the Red Line Metro that can take you into Washington, DC.

      We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and hope you enjoy the hospitality of the area.

      Sponsors [top]

      This event is sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).